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Nikon D7000


angej 10 477 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 3:19PM
Hi Guys,
Interested in your thoughts on the Nikon d7000, would you recommend it and for why?

Im looking to replace my D300 and would use it primarily for landscape's. Has anyone out there got one?

Cheers Ange

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digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 3:36PM
I was lucky enough to win one last Christmas, my camera at the time was a D300.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the D7000 on its own merits, it performs extremely well and the results are outstanding.

Would I recommend replacing a D300 with it? Probably not unless a) you have broken or lost your D300, b) you have an urgent need of better low light performance or c) you have lots of money burning a hole in your pocket.

If you are using it primarily for landscapes I doubt very much you would see a massive increase in quality of your results.

Ian
angej 10 477 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 3:45PM
thanks Ian, my D300 is very healthy and performs just as well as when I first bought it, I was just looking at some of the options available out there and seeing whether it would be worth trading it in for a younger model... I was just wondering how it compares to the D7000.

It certainly wouldn't be an impulse buy, no money burning any holes hereSmile)
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 3:50PM
The D7000 has more focus points, better low light performance, better battery life, dual card slots, better weather-proofing, higher resolution, live view and an extra zero.

However, if you are not hitting any limits with your D300 I would recommend spending the difference between the cost of a 7000 and what you would get for your 300 on a spangly new lens. Smile
angej 10 477 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 4:03PM
and what lens would you recommend IanSmile
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 4:11PM
Now that I can't answer. Smile
Comparison between the two

I have both, the D300 was getting a bit long in the tooth and I thought the D300s upgrade would be delayed by the tsunami so I bought a D7000.
Using the D7000 shows you just how dated the D300 is.
Focus is much faster although there are fewer focus points with 51 focus points and 15 cross-type sensors for the D300, while D7000 has 39 focus points and 9 cross-type sensors.
It handles contrasts of light superbly, you maybe able to do away with your ND grad filters and there's a neat little spirit level that you can add to the function button.
The D7000 has a dual SD card slot, very useful especially when you forget to take your SD card out of the computer card reader, as I did this morning.
There are options for using the dual cards.
One thing that really annoys me is the mode selection wheel, it's not a firm click so on several occasions it's been knocked and instead of AP it's on Manual (the guy testing the camera for Wex had the exact same problem)

It's a super camera but I'm still going to be eagerly awaiting the D400 release because with all the immprovements on the D7000 plus a few of it's own the D400 will be a cracking camera.
angej 10 477 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2011 7:34PM
cheers, very useful to knowSmile
Railcam 8 482 Scotland
23 Aug 2011 4:22PM
Interesting.
digicammad reckons the D700 has more focus points than the D300, whilst aftertherain says the D7000 has fewer focussing points (39) than the D300 (51). Who is right?

A quick check indicates that aftertherain is correct. Don't believe everything you read on this site Sad
strawman 11 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2011 4:27PM
Railcam if you look they are talking about 3 different cameras. So the D700 can have more AF points than the D300 which may have more than the D7000. Are you thinking the D700 and D7000 are the same?? As they are not. Grin
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2011 4:30PM
Actually I think we are both talking about the 7000 and I probably made a mistake, I thought the 7000 had more but maybe it doesn't.

Anyway, I still believe the 7000 is an excellent choice if you are upgrading anyway, but I don't think there is a need to upgrade from a 300 to a 7000 if you are not hitting the buffers and especially if you mainly do landscape work. Smile
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2011 4:32PM
Yep, just double checked and aftertherain is correct. Funny because when I am choosing a focus point it always seems as if I have more to choose from with the 7000. Maybe I just didn't have the 300 set to the maximum.
Railcam 8 482 Scotland
23 Aug 2011 5:24PM

Quote:Railcam if you look they are talking about 3 different cameras. So the D700 can have more AF points than the D300 which may have more than the D7000. Are you thinking the D700 and D7000 are the same?? As they are not. Grin


Sorry I was being a bit mischevious. I was referring to the number of sensors on the D7000 and I now realise that I had a typo when I put D700 instead of D7000. As it happens, I own a D700 and it has 51 focus points, the same as a D300 (51) compared with the D7000 (39). Digicammad now agrees so I think the matter is settled.Wink
One thing that I find really frustrating with the D7000 is the remote - it's one of those awful infra red thingys and you set it via the menu & through the options wheel, so if you want to use a remote you can't use rapid shutter option or the quiet shutter at the same time.
In the menu you can opt to use a Mirror up with the IR release and a rapid IR release but it's no where near as convenient as a plug in remote and it would be a deal breaker for me on a future purchase.
digicammad 11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2011 9:42AM
I think you can get a cable remote for the 7000, it plugs into the GPS socket. To be honest, the biggest problem with IR remotes used to be that you had to trigger them from the front of the camera, the 7000 also has a sensor on the rear.

For my photography not being able to use burst or quiet mode with the remote is not a major issue, as I tend to only use the remote when doing landscapes anyway.

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